Schengen Tourist Visa Application (Cebu City, Philippines)

After our trip to London, my boyfriend and I will be going to the Netherlands, France and Italy. A Schengen Tourist Visa is needed for Filipinos intending to visit countries within the Schengen Area. I applied for my boyfriend’s tourist visa at the Italian embassy through VIA Center Cebu because it was too much of a hassle to go to Manila.

To be able to know which embassy you should apply in, here are a few things that I’ve learned through reading other blogs and websites and from asking VIA Center:

  1. If the traveller will go to just one Schengen country, he must apply at the embassy of the country that he will be visiting.
  2. If the traveller will go to two or more Schengen countries, he must apply at the embassy of the country wherein he will stay the longest during the trip.
  3. If the traveller will stay equal days in each Schengen country, he must apply at the embassy of the country which he will first enter.

Since VIA Center here in Cebu only accommodates applications to the Italian embassy, we decided that we’ll just stay in Italy longer than in the Netherlands and France. The application was a little more complicated than the UK Tourist Visa but it was way easier still than applying for a US Tourist Visa. My boyfriend submitted his application on April 27, 2016.

Scheduling your appointment

You may begin your application by scheduling your appointment. I called Via Center Cebu’s landline number but they told me to schedule my appointment through the following hotline numbers: (Php 32 per minute)

PLDT & Smart – 1-909-101-2200

Bayantel – 1-903-2200

Globe – 1-900-101-2200

You may schedule your appointment from Mondays to Fridays, 8am until 6pm except holidays. You may also choose not to schedule an appointment and do a walk in. Walk-ins will only be accommodated from 1pm-3pm depending on the availability of slots.

Click here for the Schengen Visa Document Checklist. It’s quite a long list so make sure to prepare all the documents in the list that is relevant to you ahead of time.

Some tips from my experience:

  1. We did not book an appointment ahead of time. I was a little busy and did not know when I can gather all the documents so we just did a walk in. We waited for I think an hour to be accommodated. From what I can remember, they only accept walk-ins from 1pm until 3pm. But there may be times when walk-ins will not be accommodated because some of the applicants in the morning might come back in the afternoon to submit their complete documents. You may or may not book ahead of time.
  2. I had a few mistakes with my hotel reservation and cover letter but VIA Center Cebu had a computer (free to use) and a printer (for a fee) that I was able to use to reprint the files there so it was pretty convenient.
  3. We got our Travel Insurance from Blue Cross. It covered our 30-day stay in the UK and the Schengen area plus 15 days after our trip. We paid Php 3,532 or 65 Euros per person for our insurance. You will need to bring this along with you on the trip as well.
  4. Sample Travel Itinerary – ITINERARY
  5. Sample Introductory Letter – Introductory Letter + Checklist
  6. We paid Php 3,125 for the Visa fee and Php 1,100 for VIA’s services.
  7. My boyfriend’s passport was mailed through 2GO and we received his visa 15 working days after we submitted his application.

VIA Center Cebu is located at 1004 Keppel Bldg, Cardinal Rosales Ave. cor. Samar Loop, Cebu City. You may call them for brief inquiries at (032) 232-7233.

As with any other tourist visa application, applying for the Schengen Tourist Visa will require compiling a lot of documents and spending a lot of time booking for flights and tickets and creating an itinerary but nothing was too hard or too complicated for travel junkies like us. We can’t wait for our next adventure!!! ;))


January 2016, @Twin Peaks San Francisco

6/22/2017 – Adding a photo of my boyfriend’s Schengen Visa just so my post won’t look too boring 😉 And I’m an American citizen so I didn’t need to apply for a Schengen visa 🙂IMG_9613


23 thoughts on “Schengen Tourist Visa Application (Cebu City, Philippines)

  1. hi
    thank goodness i found your blog it’s such a huge help. now i have a guide as i am in the process of applying a tourist visa for my parents and lucky they wont have to fly to manila for that. by the way would they really require the flight and hotel bookings during the appointment or just an itinerary will do?

    looking forward to your reply.



    • Hi Joanna,

      So happy that I could be of help!
      And yes, you need to submit both flight and hotel bookings.

      For the hotels, I just booked hotels that are cancelable at You can cancel the bookings anytime at no cost.
      For the plane tickets, we booked our tickets ahead of time and just crossed our fingers that the visa will be approved. You may also just buy plane tickets that are cancelable. But I read somewhere that you can book a ticket and get a flight itinerary and a reservation code without paying for the ticket. But it’s for a fee. I read it here –

      Good luck on your parents’ visa application!
      Thanks for reading my blog! 🙂


      • Hi Christine,

        Thank you so much sa reply and for the tip on booking flights for a fee.
        I’ll check this out.
        Sorry ngayon lang ulit ako nkavisit sa blog mo mejo na busy sa work.


    • Hi Christine😊

      I just want to ask regarding for applying VIA cebu walk in. Once you submit the documents it will only take 15days to get a visa? May nabasa kasi akong blog na it takes 3months daw before you can get an appointment. Im planning to go to italy in December pero ung passport ko marerelease siguro by the end of October. Makakahabol kaya un sa desire date ko pag punta ng italy? I hope you can answer my question. 😭

      Have a nice day Christine, thanks in advance 😊


      • Hi Summer,

        Yes, it only took around 15 working days for us to receive our visa. I’m not sure about how long it takes for you to get an appointment but I think it would be better if you call VIA ahead of time and ask how long it will take. As far as I can remember, appointments can be booked within a few days of reserving your slot. But I’m not entirely sure.

        If you can submit your application on the first week of November, I think you’ll receive your visa by the last week of Nov but again it still depends on the current processing time of the Italian Embassy. Hopefully this helps! 🙂


  2. Hi kristine ,

    Buti nalang nakita kutong blog mo, thanks god mag aply sana ako nang visa na tourist sa italy at gusto by May, kaso nakita ko sa requirements need dollars account atleast 6 months ba un eh ako lang ata ang seawoman na hindi nag oopen nang dollars account paanu yon baba ako pa pinas sa march
    Magbubukas ako nang dollars okay lng ba yon? Makakahabol ba ako sa May? Panu pala pag ang friend ko ang mag shoulder nang expenses ko doon anu ang kailangan ipakita niya? Okay lang naman saakin ang peso account e show kaso baka ma stugi ako sa dollar..
    pls advice..
    thank you 😁


    • Hi Jojara,

      Hindi po kailangan ng dollar account. Okay lang po peso account basta po yung Bank Statement na isusubmit nyo ay yung Six Months na Account history. I think alam na din ng bank yan if sabihin mo sa kanila na mag rerequest ka ng Bank Certificate and Bank Statement for the Italian embassy.

      Aabot pa po kayo kasi 15 days lang yung processing ng visa nung time na nag apply kami 🙂

      Good luck po! Enjoy Italy 🙂


      • Hi Ms. Christine,

        Salamat sa blog may guide na din ako. plan din kasi namin mg visit sa europe. Tanong ko lang po sana if how much dapat ang pera na nsa bank account mo? I mean yong mama ko kasi nasa Pinas at dito ako sa Qatar, so don na kami mgkikita sa europe. magkano kaya dapat ang nasa bank ng mama ko para di mgkakaproblem sa pag.apply nya ng visa.. sa February 2018 sana plan namin mag tour.

        Please pa advice po.

        Maraming Salamat! God bless


      • Hi Fergie,

        We actually made sure that we had a big amount when we applied but I searched about it online and depende yung amount kung ilang days kayo sa Europe. Maybe just budget €150 per day tapos put extra at least 6 months before because they will ask for the 6-month bank statment 🙂

        So I think if you’re staying for 10 days, €1500 plus another €1500 siguro to be sure na makita ng consul na you have enough money in the bank 🙂

        Christine 🙂


  3. Hi Christine!

    I’m so glad I came across your entry. I’m thinking of applying for a Schengen visa through the Italian embassy as I’m also from Cebu (and do not want to fly to Manila haha). I was just wondering if the travel dates you stated in your itinerary were also the exact period of time the Schengen visa was valid for…?

    I do hope to hear from you soon! Thank you so much 🙂



    • Hi Paolo,

      Thanks for dropping by my blog!

      Our itinerary in the visa application was from June 26th-July 12th and the Schengen visa that they granted us was from June 26th until July 30th.

      Hope my answer helps! Enjoy Italy! 🙂


  4. Hi Ms. Christine,

    Salamat sa blog may guide na din ako. plan din kasi namin mg visit sa europe. Tanong ko lang po sana if how much dapat ang pera na nsa bank account mo? I mean yong mama ko kasi nasa Pinas at dito ako sa Qatar, so don na kami mgkikita sa europe. magkano kaya dapat ang nasa bank ng mama ko para di mgkakaproblem sa pag.apply nya ng visa.. sa February 2018 sana plan namin mag tour.

    Please pa advice po.

    Maraming Salamat! God bless


  5. Hi Ms.Christine,

    salamat s blog may guide na din ako ,..plan ng boyfriend invite me s lugar nila ang tanong ko po ..pwede ba mag apply sa itallian emabssy my boy from germay ..german citizen at doon din xa ng work …hassle na po punta p me ng manila …

    please i need my advice po

    thank you po


    • Hi Rose,

      I think pwede naman po basta po mas matagal kayo magsstay sa Italy. Pero if sa Germany lang po kayo pupunta, kailangan po siguro sa German Embassy mag apply para sure po.

      I searched online and meron din po German Consulate sa Fords Inn Cebu baka you can call them and ask.

      Thanks 🙂


  6. Good day po Ms. Christine,
    I would like to ask regarding for the walk-in application in VIA Cebu.
    1. Once you submit the requirements, will they schedule you for an interview sa consul or hindi na kapag ok naman mga supporting documents mo? medyo kinakabahan ako sa interview : (

    2. Regarding for travel insurance, hindi mo na talaga mababawi kapag na deny yung visa mo?

    I found your blog today and it’s very detailed and a big help! I’m planning to attend a wedding of my cousin in Italy. Thank you for making this blog. More Power Miss Christine


    • Hi Juan,

      Wow thanks for reading my blog! 🙂 Here are my answers to your questions:

      1. Wala na pong interview. Enough na po yung sinubmit mo na documents that’s why much better kung complete yung documents mo and maexplain mo yung purpose of visit and kung pano mo masupport yung trip mo sa introductory letter.

      2. Not sure po pero we got ours and paid for it already so hindi na mababawi pag madeny. Just think positive nalang, I’m sure your visa will get approved. 🙂


  7. Good day!

    I just want to know if I can apply schengen visa for Spain in Cebu center just for a tourist visa. Hope you can answer me.

    Thank you.


  8. Good day!

    Hi Chrisrine,
    Thank you that I found your blog.
    I just want to know if I can apply schengen visa for Spain as a tourist in Cebu center. If possible, I prefer in Cebu than Manila. One of my friend will invite me. Hope you can answer me.



    • Hi Novelyn, I’m not entirely sure if you can apply Schengen Visa for Spain in Cebu. I’m not affiliated with this company but I found this online – Maybe they can help you lodge your application in Manila without you going there, but again I’m not entirely sure. You may also contact the Spain Consulate in Cebu and ask if they do visa processing. Hopefully this helps. Thanks for visiting my blog!


  9. Hi Ms. Christine!
    Thankyou so much for making this blog. Its really helpful. May natong lang po ako. Sa VIA Center po ba sa cebu sa inaaplyan mo ng Visa ay strict?. I mean may Interview pa ba po bang makakaganap if ever mag apply ka ng Tourist Visa for Italy po? Kasi yung bf ko po kasi at parents niya pinapapunanta ako dun sa lugar nila. At sila mag sponspor. Sa tingin niyo po maaproved ba yung visa ko kung sakali mag apply po ako? May interview po ba magaganap? Kinakabahan kasi ako baka madeny yung visa . Thankyou po!!


    • Hi Princess,

      Hindi naman po sila strict. They were actually quite helpful. They’re not the embassy so they are there to make sure that your application is complete before they submit it to the actual embassy. And wala pong interview. They just make you write a complete cover letter explaining the reason of your trip and your background.

      I’m sure makakakuha po kayo ng visa as long as you have a reason to come back and your documents are complete.

      Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂


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